July 3, 2022
What is the Culture of the UK

The United Kingdom is a country in Western Europe, and consists of four constituent parts: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England occupies most of the southern part of Great Britain. It contains London, which is the capital city and has a population of over 8 million people. Scotland occupies the northern one-third of Great Britain and has a population of about 5 million people.

Wales makes up around 20% of the total area and has a population of about 2 million people. Finally, Northern Ireland is located in the northeast corner of Ireland and shares its border with the Republic of Ireland – this region has a population density that’s nearly double that of Great Britain as well as one quarter of its land mass.

The culture and customs vary widely depending on what region you’re in – some are typical to all parts while others are exclusive to certain areas. The UK has historically been under various forms of rule by other countries


The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was formed in 1707 by merging the Kingdom of England, which was founded by King Edward I in 1066, with the Kingdom of Scotland, which was founded by King David I in 1113, and the Kingdom of Ireland, which was founded by Brian Boru in 1014.

It became an independent sovereign state under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542, and became known as the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707, and a sovereign country under the name United Kingdom in 1801. It was joined together with Ireland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1922.

The United Kingdom has historically been under various forms of rule by other countries. It was originally a part of the Kingdom of England.

What is the culture like in each part?

This section will explore the cultural differences between these nations.


London is the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s largest cities. It is home to nearly 13 million people and has the largest population of any European city. It is also home to the headquarters of the British government and the Bank of England.

Unlike other large cities, it has a diverse and international population, which includes the largest number of people from outside the European Union (EU). Many Londoners identify themselves by what they do for work – many are professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and civil servants. This, combined with the dominance of English, has shaped the London identity.

The UK Is A Country

The United Kingdom is a country; it is geographically and historically one of the four components of what is called the British Isles. All the constituent parts are sovereign states in their own right, and all are part of the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations which is an international organization that unites 54 independent and sovereign states, including the United Kingdom, which have similar governments and an historic association dating back to the first inter-war conferences of Commonwealth nations in 1930.

The UK shares a common language, law, system of government, and colonial history with many of the countries that make up the Commonwealth. Therefore, most of its citizens have English as their mother tongue.

The Four Parts of the UK

Northern Ireland – Ireland’s northern-most county is a self-governing part of the UK, like the rest of Ireland. In the British parliament, it is represented by 1 Member of Parliament (MP) in Westminster, the UK’s parliament, and a Senate of Northern Ireland, made up of 12 members.

Ireland’s northern-most county is a self-governing part of the UK, like the rest of Ireland. In the UK, it is represented by 1 Member of Parliament (MP) in Westminster, the UK’s parliament, and a Senate of Northern Ireland, made up of 12 members. It is governed by a sovereign legislature, the House of Commons.

The Crown Estate is an ancient part of the British Constitution that determines the finances of the British Monarchy, the UK government, and local councils. 

What is the culture of Great Britain?

For an American perspective, let’s start with the “British Culture” as described by The Well-Traveled Girl, Carolyn Schmeer, who does the best job of explaining the culture in her book, “The World Atlas of Country Living.” She writes, “In Britain, the civic religion is the British nation-state, which is also the realm of traditionalism, Protestant Christianity and British republicanism.

This is what both the Tories and the Labor parties focus on: Brexit is about the collapse of the EU, and (for them) also the national destiny of Britain. For the Lib Dems, the EU is all about workers’ rights, environmental protection, public morality and social inclusion. (They know this stuff is important to the UK but they don’t want to focus on.

How does culture differ in different parts of the UK?

In London the culture is diverse, cosmopolitan, and lively. With a population of 8.5 million, the capital is home to a high number of immigrants. However, there’s a lot of cultural diversity within the city. In fact, London is known as the ‘cultural capital of Europe’.

The country’s capital is the seat of its Parliament and the law for all of England. In the UK, there are numerous festivals and events to celebrate this cultural heritage. A prominent cultural event taking place in the UK this summer is the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, which is known as ‘The Championships’ in a nod to the Old English word for ‘to compete’.

If you’re interested in visiting the city of London, here’s the link to learn how to do it via an overnight bus: https://www.overnightsbus.co.

What are some typical British customs?

  1. Take your tea slow (British people love tea and you can always buy yourself a cup before you leave the house)
  2. Like a postcard, if you’re happy in your relationship you send it as a postcard
  3. If you start the day with a long walk (a park, or even a small square) go there at least once. British people really appreciate nature
  4. Like song lyrics, watch shows (including the news) that are watched live and from the beginning.
  5. Roast chicken is one of the most popular foods. Butter and Marmite are British staples.
  6. As well as toast, British people love eggs Benedict, eggs for breakfast in general and anything with bacon.
  7. British people love their steak (except for when they’re actually trying to lose weight).


As far as English and British culture goes, the world has taken notice and now the language of Shakespeare is the second most spoken language in the world – even more than Mandarin Chinese. The country itself has a number of endemic species of animals, including the striped possum.

The major religions are Christianity and Islam. In addition to the much lauded British comedy, there is much going on in television, film, and art – with the West end of London a highly touristic spot.

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